A few weeks ago, I found myself in rural Somerset at the Royal Bath and West Show. I had been invited by the lovely Barber family to spend the day enjoying the livestock, food, drink and, of course, the cheese of this beautiful area! I certainly wasn't going to miss anything involving cheese, especially when there was talk of a cheese toastie competition using Barber's 1833 Vintage Reserve Cheddar to make the toasties.
There could only be one toastie winner though, and that honour went to Jane who blogs at Fromage Homage, with her excellent Cheddar, caramelised red onion chutney, smoked bacon lardons and watercress toastie. My toastie didn't do as well as I had hoped for (it came last.... shhh) - I guess my chilli jam is an acquired taste, haha!
Afterwards, we popped over to the hall where they were holding the British Cheese Awards, and had a very informative talk from one of the top cheese experts, along with a special cheese tasting. Some of my favourites were the Green Thunder, a hard cheese with garlic and herbs, and the Cornish Yarg, a cheese wrapped in nettles. Apparently 'Yarg' is 'Gray' spelt backwards, the family name of the original producer of the cheese.
Here are my photos from the day, click for larger images.
Disclosure: I attended the Royal Bath and West Show as a guest of Barber's.
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